Liverpool have a Boxing Day trip to relegation-threatened Burnley FC knowing their opponents are struggling to get to grips with the Premier League this season. It’s the perfect game for Liverpool to maintain their title challenge with a win.
The strikers Salah, Gakpo and Nunez will be looking to feast on the opportunities that come their way as this Burnley defence are very leaky at home. They have conceded on average 2 goals every home game and with Liverpool likely to create many chances, it could well be a long afternoon for the home side.
Burnley do play some attractive football and will cause Liverpool problems as the home side can score goals, it’s just keeping it tight at the other end has been their problem all season.
Liverpool know they can’t slip up here if they are going to continue to be in the hunt for the Premier League title and with games coming thick and fast it’s important to keep securing three points to stay firmly in the race at the turn of the year.
Alexander-Arnold is now playing in a new role and he can be dangerous in this game from set pieces and also from any chance he gets from outside the box.
Liverpool got a valuable point away at Manchester City a few weeks ago and having already been to Tottenham as well, they can feel confident that a win here will see them right in the race for the title as they look to land their 2nd Premier League.
Burnley, on the other hand, may have to alter their approach to this game as an open game will only cause them to likely see similar end results to that of when they played Spurs and Chelsea at home.
Both times Burnley scored first, but ended losing 4-1 and 5-1, so they have to do everything to stay in the game and keep compact as Liverpool found it difficult to break down Manchester United, so should Burnley be able to frustrate The Reds, they could come away with something from the game.
The home side lack experienced players and you can see Vincent Kompany’s approach to games, but their Premier League life may well only be for one season, though a win here and they could kick start a fight against relegation.
Though, with games coming every few days, Liverpool’s strength in depth could be a factor here and be decisive in the later stages of the game and expect the away team to enjoy their Boxing day trip.
|Burnley to win
|Liverpool to win
|Liverpool to win and both teams to score
Liverpool are big favourites in this one to come away with all three points, but at ⅖ there is absolutely no value in this market. The one that attracts us is the fact that Burnley can score goals at home and showed this versus Spurs, Chelsea and Aston Villa.
They have good players who can cause Liverpool problems and Vincent Kompany’s men will look to get on the scoresheet here.
However, Liverpool will be to strong for Burnley, so our punters.pub bet of the day is 13/8 Liverpool to win and both teams to score.